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  •  No - it's not (2+ / 0-)
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    Where do you get that idea?

    "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

    by Shane Hensinger on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 05:57:27 PM PDT

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    •  From a radical professor who works there. n/t (0+ / 0-)
      •  Well to a radical EVERYONE is conservative (1+ / 0-)
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        But Berkeley, despite the token conservative or two on the faculty, is most definitely NOT conservative.

        "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

        by Shane Hensinger on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 06:21:33 PM PDT

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    •  Perhaps it would be better to state (1+ / 0-)
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      that the administration and some faculty members at Berkeley are not as progressive/liberal/radical as the institution's reputation would suggest.

      •  Fair enough (1+ / 0-)
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        But the myth never really jibes with reality. Berkeley is a state school - part of the UC system so that is always a check on how far left it can go. Private universities have a lot more leeway there than do public.

        And Berkeley, the city, is not as radical as some would suspect. For example - public nudity is illegal in Berkeley where it's not in San Francisco.

        "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

        by Shane Hensinger on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 06:27:47 PM PDT

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      •  True, (0+ / 0-)

        but listening to recordings of the faculty during the Sixties on KPFK last spring, I realized that the faculty at that time had very mixed reception of the Free Speech Movement.

        As a Berkeley prof, I can say that the faculty are acutely aware that times have changed and that the whole enterprise of public education is in jeopardy. So there is perhaps less attention for some of the classic Berkeley causes because there is a sense that getting involved in skirmishes is not as important as figuring out how to fight the war of continuous de-funding that is now being waged. Let me put it this way, I still want to increase access, fairness, and diversity on campus as much as before, but if there is no campus then what good are they?

        I have heard some faculty who were here during the 1960's say that things have changed. I was born in the 1960's so I can't judge if things have changed. But I'd suggest that since the Draft is gone and the Shock Doctrine is here, both tactics and strategy have probably shifted in the service of the same progressive goals.

        "Stare at the monster: remark/ How difficult it is to define just what/ Amounts to monstrosity in that/ Very ordinary appearance." - Ted Hughes

        by MarkC on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 01:14:36 PM PDT

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